By Dan Catchpole
Nov. 20, 2023 © Leeham News: Boeing dominated the Dubai Airshow, racking up 313 orders—232 firm and 81 non-firm. Meanwhile, Airbus garnered only 86 orders, as of Friday, the last day of the biennial airshow.
It was the first time that American aerospace giant has beaten its European competitor at Dubai since 2017. Heavy demand for twin-aisle aircraft helped Boeing land more orders.
A much anticipated mega order by Turkish Airlines for Airbus jetliners didn’t materialize. However, both entities said they plan to announce a significant order in the future.
By Gordon Smith
November 20, 2023, © Leeham News: Airbus’ flagship decarbonization initiative appears to be gaining momentum. The European OEM is betting big on Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage (DAC) next-generation facilities that remove CO2 directly from the air to compensate for emissions produced by airline operations.
Airbus has described the technology as a “key bastion in the fight against climate change and the world’s transition to a net-zero energy system”. It has partnered with 1PointFive – a US partner of Canadian firm Carbon Engineering – to bring the innovative system to the aviation sector.
Last month, easyJet became the first airline to ink a deal with Airbus for the decarbonisation initiative. The OEM is offering carriers ‘carbon removal credits’ as part of a broader deal with 1PointFive. Read more
November 17, 2023, ©. Leeham News: We are discussing the different design phases of an airliner development program. After covering Conceptual, Preliminary, and Detailed design and the manufacturing of prototypes and their roles, we now look deeper at the flight test phase.
By Bjorn Fehrm
November 16, 2023, © Leeham News: We have done an article series about what can be the subsequent development for Airbus’ most popular aircraft, the A321neo. We looked at different changes to the aircraft in previous articles. Now, we compare the capacity and economics of the different variants.
We use our Airliner Performance and Cost Model (APCM) to examine passenger capacity, range, and seat-mile costs.
By Judson Rollins
November 14, 2023, © Leeham News: Much ink has been spilled over the bad – and increasingly worse – year for America’s low-cost carriers or LCCs. Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, and Spirit have all reported disappointing results, with increasingly negative outlooks for the rest of this year and well into 2024.
The future of the LCC model is increasingly murky, having historically depended on consistent double-digit capacity growth to spread fixed costs. Such rapid growth is imperiled in the short term by reluctant lower-income consumers, in the intermediate term by shortages of airplanes, parts, and skilled staff, and in the long term by a growing worldwide pilot shortage.
Boeing’s 737 MAX has its share of LCC exposure; LNA analysis puts it at 37% of unfilled orders. But Airbus’s A220 and A320 programs are even more intensely exposed, with 48% of combined orders coming from LCCs.
Will Airbus’s focus on selling to LCCs eventually return to haunt the OEM? We take a closer look.
By Judson Rollins
November 13, 2023, © Leeham News: On the sidelines of last month’s Aviation Week MRO Europe conference, LNA sat down with Matthias Düllmann, CEO of engine MRO provider SR Technics.
Düllmann spoke at length about how the company is coping with ongoing supply chain issues while adding support for GTF and LEAP engines. He also discussed the recent AOG Technics undocumented parts scandal, staff retention, sustainability, and aviation’s public image.
November 10, 2023, ©. Leeham News: We are discussing the different design phases of an airliner development program. After covering Conceptual, Preliminary, and Detailed design, we now discuss prototype manufacturing and testing.
Today, we look at the different flight test aircraft needed and their roles.
By Gordon Smith
Nov 9, 2023, (c) Leeham News: Airbus struck a defiant tone on Wednesday as the company posted strong numbers for the first nine months of 2023. Despite supply chain headwinds, the European firm’s Q323 adjusted Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) rose by 21% year-on-year to €1.013bn. The figure was influenced by increased commercial aircraft deliveries and the positive impact of currency hedging.
The robust performance of its civil portfolio was dampened by a net loss at Airbus’ Defence & Space division. The group took a hit of €400m relating to “updated estimates at the completion of certain satellite development programs” which were mainly recorded in the third quarter.
For context, let’s compare these figures with those published at the same time last year. In its nine-month results for 2022, the OEM delivered 437 commercial aircraft, with revenues of €38.1bn generating an adjusted EBIT of €3.5bn. Free cash flow comprised €2.9bn.
Speaking during a follow-up investor call, Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury was bullish in his assessment. He said that the company is confirming its earnings target for 2023 and would be ramping up aircraft production in the years ahead: “We think we are well-placed to deliver around 161 planes to fulfill the guidance for the year. For those deliveries, we obviously have a high degree of visibility on parts, including engines.”
Faury’s positive outlook appeared slightly at odds with comments from other industry heavyweights in recent days. On Tuesday, Steven Udvar-Hazy from Air Lease Corporation suggested OEMs could miss their year-end goals as chronic engine supply issues persist.
By Judson Rollins
November 7, 2023, © Leeham News: Maintenance costs and lead times have been a growing topic in aviation circles and financial markets since last month’s Aviation Week MRO Europe conference in Amsterdam.
Wage and commodity inflation have been widely identified as key cost drivers in many regions. However, this has been compounded by ongoing part shortages, deferred maintenance from aircraft flown less than normal in 2020-2022, and the retention of older aircraft to maintain capacity in the face of new-generation engine reliability issues and resulting groundings.
Even the Financial Times recently covered the impact of MRO constraints. Consultant Kevin Michaels of AeroDynamic Advisory told the FT that airline maintenance spending had ballooned from a historic 8%-10% of airline costs to an estimated 14% this year.
By Bjorn Fehrm
November 6, 2023, ©. Leeham News: Embraer presented its 3Q2023 results today. Commercial aircraft deliveries increased by 50% to 15 E-Jets compared with 10 jets in 3Q2022, and Executive jets delivered 28 jets versus 23 for 3Q2022.
EBIT was $84m versus $11m for the same quarter last year. The company retained the 2023 guidance to deliver 65-70 E-jets and 120-130 Executive jets for the year.